July 2020

WILMAPCO meetings are currently being held virtually. For meeting login information, please email dvoss@wilmapco.org.   
July 2, 10 a.m.

July 9, 10 a.m.

July 16, 10 a.m.
WILMAPCO will be closed on July 3 for Independence Day. 
Happy 4th of July!   
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Transportation news and events from the
Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO). 
Local News
SHSP2020 Delaware Strategic Highway Safety Plan Virtual Public Workshop
The Delaware Strategic Highway Safety Plan: Toward Zero Deaths (SHSP) is the guiding document for roadway safety policy setting, education and enforcement, and safety improvements. The Delaware SHSP Core Team agencies, comprised of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS), and Delaware State Police (DSP) have been coordinating to develop the Plan. The Core Team agencies are presenting the 2020 Delaware SHSP goal, overall objectives, and the proposed Emphasis Areas via a Virtual Public Workshop. To view the Virtual Workshop and take a survey, please visit https://deldot.gov/Programs/DSHSP/vw/ through July 7, 2020.  
NCCCompPlanNew Castle County Announces Start of Comprehensive Planning Process
New Castle County has begun the two-year process of developing a new countywide comprehensive plan. The plan, entitled, "NCC@2050," will be a community-driven process. The plan will help guide development and services; shape the communities, work, and play; celebrate environmental, historical, and cultural assets; and support a robust economy. The Department of Land Use has developed a central website, NCC2050.newcastlede.gov, where residents will be able to participate in community surveys, explore interactive mapping tools, sign up for email updates, and learn more about the county's planning process. To learn more about the County's comprehensive plan, please visit NCC2050.newcastlede.gov
BeachBusDART's Daily Beach Bus Service Starts on June 29 
As the summer tourism season begins, DART's daily
Beach Bus service will be on the streets in full force, serving Rehoboth Beach and many other Delaware beaches. Starting June 29, buses will operate frequently from early morning to late night, 7 days a week, until September 20.  All buses are air-conditioned, ADA accessible, and equipped with bike racks. The one-way cash fare is $2, ride all day long with a daily pass for $4.20, or 7-day passes for $18 and a 30-day passes for $65 are also available. To learn more, please visit  www.DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART.
FedGrantFederal Grant Accelerates I-95 Construction Project
As reported by Delaware Public Media, "Delaware's Congressional delegation announced a $57 million federal transportation grant meant to support an upcoming project redesigning the 1-95 interchange at Route 896 in Newark. DelDOT spokesman C.R. McLeod says the $143 million plan is meant to improve safety and reduce congestion at the site. The project will add two flyovers, realign northbound and southbound I-95 ramps and adjust other roadway geometry." To view the source article, please visit  www.delawarepublic.org/post/federal-grant-accelerating-i-95-construction-project.
CommChoiceCommuter Choice Maryland
Commuter Choice Maryland is a program of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) designed to connect commuters and businesses to numerous online tools, resources, and opportunities. The goal of the program is to reduce congestion on Maryland roadways, improve air quality, and help Marylanders enhance their quality of life. To learn more, please visit  https://mdplanningblog.com/2020/05/29/commuter-choice-maryland.
National News
As reported by Transportation for America, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised it's guidance for using public transportation after an outpouring of criticism that the CDC was contradicting itself by encouraging more driving, which incurs public health costs in pollution, respiratory illnesses, obesity, and preventable traffic deaths. When the CDC first issued their guidance the recommendation was for employers to offer incentives encouraging employees to drive and park, and allow flexible hours to commute. Rather than urging transit riders to start driving-which is not possible for millions of Americans and would make air pollution worse and traffic fatalities increase-they now direct employees to read the agency's guidance on protecting yourself found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/using-transportation.html. To view the source article, please visit http://t4america.org/2020/06/09/cdc-quietly-revises-their-guidance-to-encourage-people-to-use-transit-safely/.